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New kid on the block

"We kept a few things on the menu and added new ones," says Charles Meindl who with his wife, Lyda, is the owner of Zackary's, 5261 Transit Road, East Amherst. He had worked on the site, originally called Lily Langtry's for many years, finally purchasing it when the owners retired. Zackary's opened July 21. "We freshened up the surroundings to give a totally new look. We've re-wallpapered it," Meindl says. "We took down the old pictures, too." New on the menu: a spinach/artichoke dip appetizer, veal francaise, shrimp in a basket, chicken picatta and daily prime rib. Among old favorites held over: the original house chicken entree - breast meat sauteed in white wine with mushrooms. The place is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and seven days for dinner. Restaurant companion

The second edition of a book called "The Restaurant Companion" by dietitian Hope S. Warshaw (Surrey Books, $13.95) sports a chapter devoted to just about every kind of cuisine out there, as well as food courts and airlines. Sample dishes are described in great nutritional detail and strategies given for staying on the low-fat, low calorie end of the scale. Examples: "Be on guard for the sauces." (Thai restaurants.) "Never let the basket of chips reach your table." (Mexican.) Most of us know all this anyway. But it probably doesn't hurt to be reminded once in a while.

Tunes in the tent

Heron Hill Winery, which sits on Keuka Lake at 9249 County Route 76, has scheduled a series of free-concert weekends through October. The schedule features different music styles, including Irish tunes (the Kildare Fancy), rhythm and blues (River Katz) and percussion (Drum Za). Concerts will be hold from 1 to 5 p.m. in an event tent. Needless to say, wines will be available for tasting and purchase. For a schedule, please call (800) 441-4241. If you have news of the local restaurant world, write to: Restaurants, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240, or e-mail

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